Tuesday, 29 January 2019

PART TWENTY-TWO OF COMIC COVERS 'SNAP'! - PINK PANTHER #1 & AMAZING FANTASY #15...


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Just saw the above comic on eBay and had to buy it.  When I was a secondary school kid, one of the repertoire of comics and cartoon characters I drew was the PINK PANTHER, so I've always had a soft spot for him.  (I had the impression that 'he' was actually a 'she' in the animated titles of the first PP movie, starring PETER SELLERS, but having just checked the opening credits, I see it isn't so.  I'll have to watch the end credits to see if that was what gave me the notion.)  Anyway, as you can see, it's an 'homage' to AMAZING FANTASY #15, which contained SPIDER-MAN's first appearance.  Hard to tell them apart, isn't it?  (He said, jokingly.)


8 comments:

top_cat_james said...

Did you know that 'he' was actually a 'she' in the animated titles of the first PP movie...

Huh? How did you come by that notion? Why then does PP pant and whistle over "Claudia Cardinale"? (Besides obvious excellent taste).

Kid said...

Yes, it was a notion. I remember seeing the credits (end ones perhaps) a number of years ago and thinking that the Panther was very feminine in his/her movements and looks. I've just watched the opening credits on YouTube and it's clear he's a guy, but I'll have to try and see the end credits to see precisely what gave me the opposite impression. In the meantime I've updated the post.

TC said...

I *thought* the Panther panted over Claudia Cardinale and purred over Capucine in the opening credits, but then I wondered if my memory was playing tricks. But I don't think TCJ and I are on the same acid trip.

IIRC, the Panther appears briefly at the end, in a gendarme uniform directing traffic, and then holds a sign saying The End.

Kid said...

At the beginning of the opening credits the Panther does seem very feminine, TC, so I suspect that was my initial impression, and that I had simply forgotten (over the years) that the suggestion of femininity was revealed to be erroneous as the credits progressed. (A bit like remembering the question, but forgetting the answer.)

Lionel Hancock said...

Maybe it was because of the colour of the panther. Back in those days pink was always a girlie colour.

Kid said...

Indeed, that probably had an subconscious influence, LH. However, if you compare the Panther as he first appeared in those credits, the distinct impression is of feline femininity (at least to begin with). He certainly looked less 'girly' in the credits of later movies and his own cartoon show.

Colin Jones said...

Great cover. I love homages and spoofs like that.

Back in the 18th Century blue was the colour associated with girls and pink with boys but somehow they got flipped.

Kid said...

I think I heard that on Antiques Roadshow a couple or so years back, CJ (or somewhere anyway). Who knows, maybe that Pink Panther comic will appear on the show in around 30 years?

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